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Caston Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Wayne Kizziar


BH Photo #110413



Through truss bridge over Caston Creek on 4026C
Le Flore County, Oklahoma
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1920
Three pin-connected Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 457.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.95772, -94.73862   (decimal degrees)
34°57'28" N, 94°44'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/341257/3869734 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 011710000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29213 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 7, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been demolished.
  • December 7, 2016: Updated by J Lance: Bridge is gone
  • January 4, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed wayward coordinates
  • August 19, 2010: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • March 19, 2010: New photos from J Lance
  • December 12, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney


  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • J Lance - bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Caston Creek Bridge
Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is a shame. While not perfect, the state used to be pretty good about leaving bypassed bridges standing. Maybe that has changed...too bad...

Caston Creek Bridge
Posted December 7, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If you start digging into the details, in fact Oklahoma's preservation is spotty at best. This is best revealed by reviewing the K-Parker truss bridges in the state... these unique bridges have been dropping significantly in population over the years. Also, while some of the long pony truss bridges in Tulsa County have been preserved, others remain at risk for demolition including the longest pony truss in the country on Historic Route 66 (although that fight is still ongoing, with several preservation options remaining on the table). And while in the past, Oklahoma has left historic bridges standing next to their realigned replacements, this practice may be ending as I had the misfortune of discovering during my trip earlier this year to (attempt) to photograph this beauty: http://bridgehunter.com/ok/ottawa/170000000000/

Caston Creek Bridge
Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, I have to be honest, the demolition of this one was a complete surprise. There is a modern highway that runs parallel to this road, so I figured that this one would be way down the priority list. Oklahoma has preserved quite a few bridges, but apparently this one was non select.

Caston Creek Bridge
Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like it was scheduled for replacement.


Caston Creek Bridge
Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Satellite imagery shows a bright shiny UCEB at this location. Has anybody field checked this one lately?